At Bayview North Medical, Acupuncture is practiced as an efficacious treatment modality for soft tissue and muskulo skeletal injuries. It often produces impressive results when medication pain management therapy fails, even when acute pain has progressed to the chronic phase.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical practices in the world, originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. In fact, charts that depict acupuncture points and meridians date as far as back as 300 B.C. Chinese medicine theorizes that the body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected to twelve principal “Yin” and “Yang” meridians, through which “qi” or energy flows, and eight “extra” or accessory meridians that are internal branches of the main meridians. Disruption of the meridian channel network is thought to cause disease, thus requiring acupuncture manipulation to re-establish flow.
Though slow to recognize its benefits, Western medicine now theorizes that acupuncture works by increasing the body’s production of endorphins, which are one of our body’s natural pain and stress relievers. One authoritative study also hypothesizes that acupuncture needle manipulation produces cellular changes that propagate along soft tissue plains, thus explaining some of its beneficial effects.
During acupuncture treatment, single use, sterilized needles are either inserted for a second or two or left in place for up to 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the effect required. Usually treatments are scheduled once or twice a week, but can be less frequent. Sometimes the effect is quite dramatic and the patient will only need one or two treatments. Other times, the effect is more subtle and may require treatment for several months. Improvement is normally noticed after about five treatments.
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